Private equity firms have joined forces to create the latest real estate trade association, the National Rental Home Council. A column in the Commercial Observer ponders what a world without Fannie or Freddie would mean for the multifamily sector. Blackstone is set to raise $781 million with its IPO of lodging chain La Quinta. And the Market Realist explains why rising consumer confidence is good for Simon Property Group. These are all among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate sector.